IPL: Mohammad Siraj, Rashid Khan star as Sunrisers Hyderabad secure playoff berth

Posted May 14, 2017

2017's league games have reached it's last stage and teams are fighting for survival.

Speaking after the match, Warner gave credit for the win to his bowlers, including Siraj, for the the way they brought their side back after a rollicking stand between the Lions openers. After a brilliant show in their debut season in 2016, this wasn't the best effort from the Gujarat outfit.

This consistency from the captain has been the key to Hyderabad success but Warner said that the support he gets from the team helps him perform.

Skipper David Warner and fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan, the top two run-getters this IPL, have nearly 1,000 runs between them in 12 matches while Bhuvneshwar Kumar with 23 wickets is way ahead of the field.

Suresh Raina: This is the first time in 10 seasons of the IPL that Suresh Raina won't feature in the play-offs. Shankar notched up his maiden IPL fifty in 35 balls. He showed great composure and did not shows signs of any pressure.

Hyderabad won the toss and made a decision to field first. And his bowlers did not start in the flawless fashion as Dwayne Smith and Ishan Kishan put on 111 for the opening wicket.

Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner hits the winning runs during match 53 of the Vivo 2017 Indian Premier League against Gujarat Lions at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on Saturday. But their superb stand of 111 proved the calm before the storm; Gujarat went on to lose all 10 wickets for 43 runs and hand back much of the advantage their opening pair had built.

Man-of-the-match Mohammed Siraj took four wickets for 32 runs while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddarth Kaul returned with figures of 2/25 and 1/30 respectively as the Sunrisers bowlers effected a collapse of the Gujarat Lions batting line-up.

Kishan was the second to perish when he top-edged a pull which was caught by the wicketkeeper running across to where short fine-leg would have been; the left-hander, who was brutal on anything short and scored the bulk of his runs playing the pull shot, was dismissed for 61 (40 balls, 5 fours, 4 sixes). In fact, quite a few of his mishits also crossed the boundary ropes as he hit five fours and four sixes. The likes of Afghan spin the players Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan are also looking breakthrough at the match. It nearly looked like Kishan and Smith would run away with the game before Rashid dismissed Smith with a flipper that was hitting the wickets clean.

However, the rest of the Gujarat batsmen fell like a pack of cards.